We are safe. Ike caused minimal damage to my parents’ home (just tree limbs and debris littering the yard), though surrounding homes didn’t fare so well. There are several downed trees, including one that crashed into a home behind us and one that was blocking the road this morning. My dad has been running the generator off-and-on in an effort to keep from using up the fuel too quickly.
After speaking with our own neighbors back in Katy, it sounds as though we, of all people, have power! I don’t know if you realize this, but there are at least 4 million people without power in the Houston area right now. This is astonishing. We plan to return home this afternoon and assess any damage. I’m just thankful we’re all safe.